West Summerdale: A Nightmare in the Making

Topics: John Wayne Gacy, Des Plaines, Illinois Pages: 5 (1911 words) Published: July 10, 2010
8213 West Summerdale
A Nightmare in the Making


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Victoria Savage

Mid October 1970, a man in this early thirties moves into a quiet little neighborhood. He seems nice, quickly making friends with people in and outside the close nit Norwood Park Township. He throws large parties and dinners and gains the trust of all who make his acquaintance. He had a typical suburban life until 1975. By 1978, his world came to a screeching halt and Norwood Park Township was left inside a never ending nightmare of lies, deception and the ever lasting smell of decay. The man in question is John Wayne Gacy Jr. born 1942 and died 1994 by lethal injection(Clarke,1994).

Gacy was the second of three children and the only boy. All three of the children were raised Catholic and attended a Catholic school(Wikipedia). John was known for his hard working and polite demeanor. He did not have a lot of friends and his relationship with his father was rough at best. He also came down with numerous amounts of health problems at an early age. Gacy’s relationship with his father was so bad that it impacted his schooling. Unfortunately, Gacy did not graduate from high school in his teens but did finely achieve this goal later in life. By the time John was in his mid twenties he had graduated from Business College and started work at Nunn-Bush Shoes(Wikipedia). He also met and married a co-worker. Her name was Marylynn Myers whose father owned several Kentucky Fried Chicken restraunts in Iowa. Soon after getting married Marylynns father offered Gacy a high paying job in the company. They soon packed and headed to Iowa. Gacy worked every minute that he could afford in hopes that he would gain control of the business in the future. In his spare time he joined the Jaycee’s. John was adored by all of the members. While with the Jaycess’s John invented Pogo the Clown who often entertained at the meetings and social events. Gacy eventually became man of the year and Vice-President. Gacy and his wife added a son and a daughter to their family. Gacy’s life was so perfect it was literally too good to be true.

Johns first run in with the law was in 1968 he was twenty-six years old. It was claimed that Gacy raped a teenage boy named Mark Miller(Falk,2004). He was indicted by the Black Hawk County grand jury. Just four months later Gacy was charged with the hiring of an eighteen year old to beat up Mark Miller. Gacy was charged with sodimy and he plead guilty. He was sentence to 10 years in prison. Gacy got out in just eighteen months after showing the state he was a model offender. Once he left prison he went back home to stay with his mother. In October 1970, Gacy left his mothers home and moved into his own. The address there was 8213 West Summerdale and this is where John Wayne Gacy developed an even greater taste for little boys flesh.

Within one year of moving into 8213 West Summerdale Gacy was throwing large parties and inviting his closest friends along with everyone else on the block. An old married couple lived right next to him the Grexa family and they were as close to him as his mom and sisters. Everything was going great he had a ton of friends, a new wife and a brand new business called Painting, Decorating and Maintenance or PDM Contractors(Falk,2004). The only hiccup in his plan was that almost everyone noticed that the oldest person working for him was only eighteen and the fact the he had a horrid odor coming from his crawl space under his home. Gacy simply said that it was a sewage backup and left it at that. By 1975, John’s second marriage was failing due to the fact that he just could not hide his cravings any longer. On the other hand PDM was doing great. Later that year Gacy nominated his company to clean and repair the Democratic Headquarter. In doing this Gacy received that attention of Robert F. Matwick who was the committeeman for the Township(Taylor,2003). Mr. Matwick realized that Gacy had a great skill...
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